Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied.

EMMITT TILL remembered, but not avenged! ( 28 Feb 2007)
A Mississippi grand Jury refused to bring an indict against Carolyn Bryant Donham in the murder of Emmett Till. This is 52 years after the 14 year old Black Chicago native was lynched for whistling at Carolyn Bryant, the white shopkeeper Till is alleged to have flirted with.
Carolyn B. Donham, 73, was suspected of inciting pointing Till out to her husband, Ray Bryant. He andd his brother, J. W. Milam, were charged with the killing, but they were acquitted by an all-white jury in 1955. One year later they bragged about having killed Till in a magazine interview. The slaying of 14 year old Till occurred 1 year after the Supreme court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and just months before 43 year old Rosa Parks decided that she could not take it any longer. She refused to surrender her bus seat to a white man, and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The fate of Emmitt Till became a legend. James Baldwin immortalized it in his play "Blues for Mister Charlie". Bob Dylan wrote songs about him. Toni Morrison wrote plays.
This may have been the last attempt to get justice for a Civil Rights era murder. In 1994 Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers. In 2002, Thomas Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry were convicted in Alabama in the 1963 murder of 4 little Black girls in Sunday School at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham by a bomb. In 2005 Edgar RAy Killen was convicted of the 1964 slaughter of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner, the Three Civil Rights Voter Registration Workers.
Thank God that Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales is on the cases. His message to the white racists and murderers who committed these crimes, and who have lived with their guilty consciouses all these years; "We are still on your trail".

1 comment:

ichbinalj said...

The murder may be decades old, but the young man is still dead; he never got the chance to become an "old man". Let the killers face justice.